8/14/2004:

Intermediate Word: 
theodicy
  (a) surveying  (b) theological sophistry  (c) vindication of God for the existence of evil  (d) foolishness in the face of a clear choice
Difficult Word: - pulque   (a) fermented agave beverage  (b) sugar cane pulp  (c) crushed rock from mine tailings  (d) milkweed sap

Life on Mars Likely, Scientist Claims - Space.com  Those twin robots hard at work on Mars have transmitted teasing views that reinforce the prospect that microbial life may exist on the red planet. Results from NASAís Spirit and Opportunity rovers are being looked over by a legion of planetary experts, including a scientist who remains steadfast that his experiment in 1976 proved the presence of active microbial life in the topsoil of Mars. It was Levinís Labeled Release experiment that made a provocative find.
Costs Could Sink Hubble Rescue - SpaceDaily  Left: Just build another one and stop flogging a dead horse...  Ballooning costs coupled with tightening budgets threaten to overwhelm any attempt to rescue the aging and beginning-to-ail Hubble Space Telescope. The Hubble faces almost certain doom within the next five years unless NASA can dispatch a repair mission, either by a crewed shuttle flight or by an as-yet-untested robotic spacecraft. There is also the unnerving possibility that the telescope, which is the size of a school bus, could drop out of orbit and land on a city. Hubble is far from NASA's only worry, however.

Shadow And Glow Shed Light On A Complex System - SpaceDaily  Left:  This artist concept shows how Cassini is able to detect radio signals from lightning on Saturn.  The Cassini spacecraft, which began its tour of the Saturn system just over a month ago, has detected lightning and a new radiation belt at Saturn, and a glow around the planet's largest moon, Titan. "These storms are dramatically different than those observed 20 years ago." Cassini finds radio bursts from this lightning are highly episodic. There are large variations in the occurrence of lightning from day to day, sometimes with little or no lightning, suggesting a number of different, possibly short-lived storms at middle to high latitudes.





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